Photographer Hugh Holland captured the beauty and grace of the burgeoning skateboarding scene in Southern California during the 1970’s. Holland documented his friends and locals who were thrill seeking youth in pursuit of a perfect ride. From the hills of Laurel Canyon to emptied drought-stricken pools and the sidewalks of Venice, Holland’s work is an important time capsule of this youth driven movement. Sidewalk Surfer evokes the laid back sun-drenched utopia and charm of this era and the important beginnings of the skateboarding subculture.
“That shot was one of several I did on the street, at Balboa Island, in the summer of 75, just as I was beginning the Skate series. I was shooting some kids that were hot-dogging on the street on the sidelines of a small skate contest. I had no idea who they were. A few years later, someone saw them and asked if I knew who that kid was. I said no. He said it was Danny Kwock, who went on in the 80s to be a top surfer in the Newport area, and surfed for Quicksilver. Now he is the president of Quicksilver entertainment. He is a very cool guy.” Hugh Holland
Down On The Corner, Balboa Beach, 1975
by Hugh Holland
Printed on acid free paper with fade resistant ink
24.0 x 36.0 inches / WAX009 / 051907075097
Made In USA
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